THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DOM DiMAGGIO

BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 3
A
SUBWAY SERIES DISAPPEARS ...
Jack
Kramer stops the Browns as
Dom DiMaggio knocks in the winner

June 3, 1948 ... Good pitching by Jack Kramer aided, by some good luck, added up to a close for comfort, 3 to 2 Red Sox victory over the St. Louis Browns before 7916 fans at Fenway Park. Taking advantage of one of the rare breaks in their favor this year, the Sox picked up two runs in the opening inning aided by Bobby Doerr. The Sox went on to produce what proved to be, the winning run in the sixth inning on doubles by Birdie Tebbetts and Dom DiMaggio.

Meanwhile, Kramer ran into some serious trouble only once. He walked only one batter, Whitey Platt, in the last inning. He now has thrown 49 innings and issued only nine free passes. Fielding continued to be spectacular, as the visiting Sam Dente again simulated at shortstop, showing a shotgun for an arm and covering acres of territory.

The Red Sox break came in the opening inning. After DiMaggio was called out on strikes, Billy Goodman stroked a curve 15 yards inside the left-field foul line. Platt slipped on the grass while attempting to get the ball, and Goodman was able to get two bases. Ted Williams received his customary walk on four pitchers, and Vern Stephens also worked a free pass. Then Doerr, on the one and one count, singled to center, to score Goodman and Williams, and give the Red Sox a 2 to 0 lead.

That was all for the Sox until the sixth inning, when with one away, Tebbetts doubled on Ned Garver's first pitch, off the left-field wall about three yards inside the foul pole. DiMaggio then doubled on a 2-2 pitch, off the left centerfield wall, allowing Tebbetts to walk home. That made the score 3 to 0.

It turned out that Kramer needed this cushion, because the Browns came up with two runs of their own in the seventh. Paul Lehner doubled on Kramer's first pitch to the left-field corner. Platt then slapped a curve into the left-field net for his third home run. Kramer recovered and the next three batters did not get the ball out of the infield.

There was one down in the ninth, when the Browns made a final threat. Platt drew a pass and then Les Moss singled. Everyone headed home seconds later however, as Doerr started a doubleplay on Dente's ground ball that preserved the 3 to 2 victory.

Birdie Tebbetts, picking up all the extra batting practice he could, in an effort to pull the ball over the left-field wall, found his efforts bearing fruit. He doubled in two at-bats. Ted Williams had 12 called balls out of the 15 pitches thrown to him. However, he found one good enough to double to left field in the seventh, as the lead off hitter in the seventh.

Willard Nixon, a 19-year-old sophomore pitching sensation from Alabama Polytech, signed a Red Sox contract yesterday. The contract was offered by Mace Brown and its terms were not revealed.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

ST. LOUIS BROWNS

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

2

8

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

x

 

 

3

8

0

 

 

W-Jack Kramer (3-3)
L-Ned Garver (1-3)
Attendance - 7916

 2B-Dente (StL), Lehner (StL), Goodman (Bost),
 Tebbetts (2)(Bost), DiMaggio (Bost), Williams (Bost)

 HR-Platt (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 0 1 .245  

 

Billy Goodman 1b 4 1 1 .231  

 

Ted Williams lf 1 1 1 .388  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 1 .265  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 3 0 1 .257  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 0 .232  

 

Billy Hitchcock 3b 4 0 1 .190  

 

Birdie Tebbetts c 4 1 2 .286  

 

Jake Jones p 4 0 0 .053  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Mel Parnell 9 8 2 2 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 26 14 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians 23 12 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 22 17 3 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 20 21 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 17 18 6 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators 19 21 7

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 16 24 10

 

 

Chicago White Sox 10 26 14